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S. Sudan abandons peace talks with defected army general


June 16, 2014 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government says it has abandoned negotiations with the army general who recently defected to rebels led by former vice president, Riek Machar.

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South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson speaking during a press conference in Khartoum on 2 March 2014 (Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP)

“Yes, the idea has been dropped. It did not work. A person of such a high caliber of the vice president cannot talk to the caliber of Dau Aturjong”, Ateny Wek Ateny, the spokesperson for the presidency told Sudan Tribune Sunday.

His reaction came in the wake an initial plan by government send the country’s vice-president, James Wani Igga and the presidential advisor on legal affairs, Telar Riing Deng as emissaries to negotiate for the return of the former commander of the army’s sixth division.

It is still unclear as to what necessitated the change of plan after the defected general declined to meet Ateny whom president Salva Kiir had officially delegated to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.


Gen. Aturjonh recently called for popular uprising against the Juba government, which he claimed was struggling to survive and remain in power through reliance on its ethnic allies.

Speaking exclusively to Sudan Tribune on Friday, the defected army officer said time was ripe for South Sudanese to openly come out and make bold decisions against president Kiir’s regime.

The general announced his switch to the opposition led by Machar in Nairobi, Kenya last month.


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  • 16 June 2014 10:03, by Ayom Ayom

    There are many ways to solve problems, and it will depend on the situation, the experience, the knowledge and the attitude, to determine the best approach for solving the problem. I think Government want to
    1. Define the problem
    2. Develop a plan
    3. Implement the plan
    4. Evaluate the results

    Hence the problem is solve

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    • 17 June 2014 00:44, by Ito

      Honestly speaking what does the government want to negotiate about. Rotten regime must accept democracy and federalism. Bribing people to remain in government and to keep quiet is a temporary solution and that is not what the masses wants. Sending two stupid personalities in the names of wani igga and thief Telar ring would even make the general and masses more angrier to the murderous regime.

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      • 17 June 2014 00:45, by Ito

        If the government wants to talk, they are now in talk with SPLM/A in opposition where Dau belongs. Why segregate people, you want to talk, there is a delegation of democratic forces under Riek on the table. Money will not buy you peace stupid government. You think people are blind.

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  • 16 June 2014 10:08, by Ajongtar

    Look at this Food lover man who calls himself Ateny. U say this 2day and say that 2rw.

    B4 ur were apointed in that high office your critics beyond the your expectations, Now that ur mouth is full of food u are friend that Government.

    Why do u want use wani for Dinkasm problem?

    To hell, with your corrupt Dinka Governemnt.

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  • 16 June 2014 10:10, by Akook

    Eating cockroache Ateny Wek, what single record do you hold to calibrize a hero and respected man of his people Gen Dau Aturjong Nyuol? Hahaha... how about when you were embarrassed in Nairobi not even allow for one minute to meet General Dau. hahahah ....interesting

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  • 16 June 2014 10:16, by Modi Lo Laja

    To: Government,

    It is hard to face the fact, the defection is the will of a person and you and the Government should not be worried about. It is your failure to lead this newly nation to better Nation.

    You either continue for the peace or surrender to ICC. The ICC will be on your neck please.

    Modi Lo Laja

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  • 16 June 2014 10:33, by Modi Lo Laja

    Ateny Awek, you more sacking the money the Nation. Sometime back you are pointing out some Government mistake, but after you are in, you said you cann’t speak as before because ur mount is full. The oil ur r looking there is no more talking so that your uncle should not sack you out.

    God has seen your did already, bloodshed and many.

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  • 16 June 2014 11:11, by Mapuor

    To hell with Aturjong,nobody is ready to follow corrupt SPLA generals who after the war took to looting their fellow freedom fighters.Where did Dau Aturjong get money that he used to buy votes in 2010 elections?those are salaries of freedom fighters which were looted by Aturjong and his late friend Athor who took five month salary of division one.No single SPLA soldier will follow Aturjong

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    • 16 June 2014 11:20, by Mapuor

      Dau is a thieve who can not be trusted.Oyai Deng Ajak is another thieve who can not be trusted too.Just go home Mr Aturjong and start farming.South Sudan does not want merciless people like;Aturjong,Majak Agot,Pieng Deng,Salva Mathok,James Hoth etc who looted their fellow freedom fighters mercilessly.All former fighters have resorted to live on selling firewood for survival.

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      • 16 June 2014 12:16, by Sir King

        Mapuor, Mapuor, Mapuor! Please shut up. You see Gen. Dau is much more better than this cockroach called Salva Kiir of yours. I see Aweil community as never been having a problem but now, you are going to feel it. Mark my words! Salva Kiir makes himself a leader of thieves but a leader of people; thieves only will help him this time around. You have been using Aweil young men for your selfish gains

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        • 16 June 2014 12:52, by Sir King

          - Kiir Mayardit must actually apologise to Aweil community for ignoring their rights for long time. What is the problem with Kiir? I wish Gen. Dau should start operation affront, because enemies are the same. No better enemy than the other.

          Salva Kiir is also an enemy to Aweil communities and so, we should join hands and get rid of him.

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  • 16 June 2014 19:18, by Positive Thinker

    Now I believe the power of food, the recently popular Ateny Wek Ateny has drowned in the lake of great feasting.

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